This unit introduces students to the original language of the New Testament. It provides sufficient knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax to enable them to begin to translate and interpret the New Testament from the Greek text. Several short passages from the New Testament will be translated. Some attention will also be given to other writings in Greek that were important for early Christians, such as the Septuagint or non-NT Christian texts from the first and second centuries.

Unit code: AL8100P

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Translate simple sentences and passages from New Testament Greek into English


Translate simple sentences from English into New Testament Greek


Know the meaning of 200 words that occur frequently in the New Testament


Analyse the grammar and syntax of fairly simple sentences in New Testament Greek


Apply their knowledge of Greek to the exegesis of passages in the New Testament


Translate simple passages from other Greek texts important to early Christians


Lectures, class exercises, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aland, Barbara, Kurt Aland, Johannes Karavidopoulos, Carlo M. Martini and Bruce M. Metzger, eds. Novum Testamentum Graece. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012. (recommended for purchase)
  • Bauer, Walter, Frederick Danker, et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  • Croy, N. Clayton. A Primer of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • Duff, Jeremy. The Elements of New Testament Greek. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. The CD-ROM often packaged with this is optional.
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009 [or 2nd ed., 2003].
  • Newman, Barclay M. A Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Weekly Tests (10 x 10 minutes) (2000 words)

2000 25.0
Written Examination

2 hour written examination

2000 50.0

2 short homework exercises (1000 words)

1000 15.0

2 further short homework exercises on non NT Greek texts (1000 words)

1000 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Aug, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000